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RICAP 7 Discussion Draft Available for Public Review Soon

Draft code amendments to address design review, pre-application requests, household living uses, height measurement methods and Ladd’s Addition Street Tree Guidelines

Since 2002, Portlanders have been helping to refine the City’s Zoning Code through a process called the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Program. More recently, these efforts have taken form through Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages — or RICAPs, for short. Now on its seventh workplan, the program will release a RICAP 7 Discussion Draft report in January 2015.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission approved the RICAP 7 workplan on August 26, 2014. Since then, the Code Development Team has been evaluating a list of 45 regulatory improvement requests from the public. These cover minor clarifications in code language and technical code corrections as well as slight changes to existing policies.

The minor policy changes include more efficient processes for modifying design review approvals, restricting concurrent submittals of pre-application requests with land use applications, clarifying the definition of household living uses in group living situations, evaluating height measurement methodologies, and clarifying the Ladd's Addition District Street Tree Guidelines.

Read a summary of all the requested changes.

How the code amendments are selected
Staff researches the regulatory improvement requests by looking at prior ordinances and code commentary as well as state and federal legal requirements and mandates. The project team also looks at examples from comparable cities, then constructs conceptual code amendments for consideration. These concepts are vetted with planners responsible for implementing the regulations (typically within the Bureau of Development Services) and refined to ensure the amendment will be feasible and effective.

Once the code amendment concepts are developed, additional commentary is added to provide rationale and intent for the proposed change. This commentary helps both the public and others who review the proposed changes to better understand the nature and impact of the change. Commentary in the code also informs later code amendment project research. The code amendments and commentary are then assembled into the Discussion Draft for more widespread review and input.

As with RICAP 6, the public will have roughly two months to review and comment on the proposed changes in RICAP 7. This input will then be incorporated into a formal Proposed Draft, which will be presented at a public hearing to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in April 2015.

So stay tuned for the Discussion Draft release in January and opportunities to provide your feedback. And for more information, visit the project website

Portland Named ‘Climate Action Champion’ by White House

Press Release from office of Mayor Charlie Hales, December 3, 2014:

Read the factsheet published by the White House for more details.

 

Portland Named ‘Climate Action Champion’ by White House

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014  – The White House today announced the first cohort of Climate Action Champions, including the City of Portland.

"Climate change is a world-wide threat, but as President Obama has said, international leadership begins at home," Mayor Charlie Hales said. "We are honored by this, but it just means the pressure is on to work harder, and to think smarter, to demand more of ourselves."

This fall, the White House launched the Climate Action Champions competition to identify and recognize local climate leaders and to provide targeted federal support to help those communities further raise their ambitions.

Portland was singled out as a regional leader for greenhouse gas reduction and climate change mitigation. With support from 20 agency partners, Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan is a strategy to put the city on a path to achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to 1990 levels.

This is the city’s second major victory on the issue of climate action this year. In September, Portland was among 10 cities worldwide to receive the City Climate Leadership Awards 2014. The Award was sponsored by the international C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and honored cities all over the world for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change. Portland was honored alongside cities such as Barcelona, Buenos Aires, London and Amsterdam, among others.

Other winners of the White House competition, announced today, include:

● Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe, Calif.

● Boston, Mass. Broward County, Fla.

● Dubuque, Iowa

● Knoxville, Tenn.

● Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (D.C., Maryland and Virginia

● Mid-America Regional Council (Kansas and Missouri)

● Minneapolis, Minn.

● Montpelier, Vt.

● Oberlin, Ohio

● Salt Lake City, Utah

● San Francisco, Calif.

● Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)

● Seattle, Wash.

● Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (California)

Mayor Hales praised Susan Anderson, director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and her leadership team for its work on the Climate Action Plan. He also pointed to other agencies including Multnomah County and Metro, plus activists in the private sector.

"There’s plenty of credit to go around.

The region is about to complete the first new bridge in downtown Portland in 30 years, and it will carry light rail, streetcar, buses, bicycles and pedestrians … but not private vehicles," Hales said this spring, while addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Chicago. "This is the kind of investment we are making to make our healthy connected city a reality." 3

The 16 selected communities will receive facilitated peer-to-peer learning and mentorship and targeted support from a range of Federal programs. Furthermore, a coordinator will be provided to each Climate Action Champion to foster coordination and communicate across the Federal agencies, national organizations, and foundations in support of the Champions. The coordinator will also assist efforts to raise awareness of funding and technical assistance opportunities that are available specifically for Climate Action Champions.

"We strive for livable neighborhoods: highly walkable, lively commercial districts, making it easy and convenient to get to the schools, shops, jobs, parks, coffee and beer that make Portland a great place to live, work and play," Hales said. "The things we love about Portland, we want all Portlanders to share. Today, they don’t. We experience significant inequities, neighborhood to neighborhood. Addressing those inequities is among our top goals."

The Obama Administration is committed to taking decisive action to combat climate change. In November, to drive international discussions leading up to the 2015 climate negotiations in Paris, President Obama made an historic joint announcement with Chinese President Xi Jinping of each country’s respective targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the post-2020 period. Building on the United States’ bipartisan history of supporting financing for clean energy and climate adaptation in developing countries, the president also announced the United States’ $3 billion commitment to the Green Climate Fund.

The Obama Administration is continuing to partner with state and local governments, businesses, and philanthropic organizations to make progress on climate change in the United States. Building on the work the Administration has done with the State, Local, and Tribal leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which delivered its recommendations to the President on Nov. 17, in addition to the selection of the Climate Action Champions this week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the White House collaborated on the fourth in a series of local climate resilience exercises in Hampton Roads, Va.

Second Work Session on Proposed West Quadrant Plan on December 9

Affordable housing and Morrison bridgehead to be discussed in greater depth

On December 9, 2014, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a second work session on the West Quadrant Plan Proposed Draft.

At the first work session, commissioners identified the issues of affordable housing and maximum building height allowances at the Morrison bridgehead as needing further discussion.

Drawing of potential development scenario at the Morrison BridgheadSupporting documents for the December 9 session can be found in the Documents Section of the project website. The packet includes material on housing and bridgehead heights, as well as additional information requested by the PSC related to West End building heights. It also contains a detailed list of proposed revisions to the Proposed Draft released in August.  

Staff from various City bureaus will be available to answer any remaining questions about the Proposed Draft before the commission votes to recommend the plan (with revisions) to City Council for consideration.

The December 9 work session is open to the public, but public testimony will not be taken. Approximately 100 pieces of written testimony were received by staff prior to the closing of the public comment period on October 1, 2014 and forwarded to commissioners. There will be additional opportunities for public comment when the West Quadrant Plan Recommended Draft goes before City Council early next year.

 

City Council Hears Public Testimony on Short-term Rentals in Apartments and Condominiums

Votes to send the Mayor’s recommended Zoning Code amendments to second reading on December 18, 2014

After a three-hour public hearing on November 19 with more than 20 testifiers, Portland City Council voted to send the Mayor’s recommended Zoning Code amendments to allow accessory short-term rentals (ASTR) in apartments and condominiums to second reading. The package includes several amendments, most notably one to increase the cap on the maximum number of ASTRs in multi-dwelling from 10 to 25 percent.

Read the Mayor’s Recommended Draft

View the City Council's amendments in the Amended Mayor's Recommended Draft.

At the second reading on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, City Council will vote on the Mayor’s recommendations with their amendments. Please confirm the time on the Council’s calendar

Get to Know the Comprehensive Plan in Six Languages

Now in Spanish, Chinese, Somali, Russian and Vietnamese… a short overview of Portland’s long-range plan for a healthy, connected city

Portland is growing and becoming more diverse, which makes our community more vibrant and culturally rich. We welcome Portlanders from other places and want them to be part of the conversation about how the city will grow over the next 25 years.

So we’ve condensed the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan down to 300 words. (If you’ve seen the documents, then you’ll know that’s quite a feat!) We’ve gotten rid of the wonky talk and tried to describe the plan in a way that makes it easier for more people — including English speakers — to understand. And then we translated the text so that our Spanish, Chinese, Somali, Russian and Vietnamese communities can learn more about the plan in their native language.

In just a couple of minutes, you can now learn about how the draft plan for Portland’s future will create more bustling neighborhoods and jobs; reduce pollution; improve natural areas; maintain and improve streets, sidewalks and parks; and help us prepare for natural hazards.

So whether you were born here or on another continent, we invite you to learn more about this plan for Portland’s future growth and development. Then join the conversation about the draft plan.


Comp Plan overview: English version

Get to Know the 2035 Comprehensive Plan (English version)

 


Comp Plan overview: Spanish translation

Conozca el Plan Integral de 2035 (Spanish translation)

 


Comp Plan overview: Chinese translation

了解 2035 年综合规划 (Chinese translation)

 


Waxka Ogow Qorshaha Buuxa ee 2035-ka (Somali translation)Comp Plan overview: Somali translation


Comp Plan overview: Russian translation

Познакомьтесь со всесторонним планом городского развития до 2035 г. (Russian translation)

 


Comp Plan overview: Vietnamese translation

Tìm Hiểu Kế Hoạch Toàn Diện 2035 (Vietnamese translation)